Bridges Retreat Program

a Windows To My Soul Offering

Connecting With Your Resilience

  • Equine Therapy

  • Confidential Counseling

  • Adrenal Fatigue Education

  • Emotional Regulation Workshops

  • Body Work

  • Healthy Meals and Snacks

  • Post Retreat Follow-up Plan With Tools To Be Successful

  • And More!

Bridges Retreats

Connecting With Your Resilience

 

Windows To My Soul is collaborating with Jill Gustafson, LCSW to deliver retreats for First Responders that address the often overwhelming emotional and psychological symptoms that are a result of protecting and serving as a First Responder.  Exposure to this type of high stress work environment can take a life altering toll on First Responders and their families. Goals of these retreats include processing traumatic events, educating participants on the neurobiological effects of long term cumulative exposure to trauma, provide tools and guidance to calm the neurobiological systems, as well as provide experiences that will help participants reconnect to their relationships, communities, and life.

Topics for this retreat include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Relationship Problems (focus on spouse and children)

  • Anger

  • Frustration

  • Sleep Problems

  • Administrative Betrayal

  • And Other Issues Associated With Being Involved In One Or MultipleTraumatic Events

 

The  5-Day, 4-Night or 3-Day, 2-Night Bridges Retreat

 

Brainspotting (Used exclusively by Jill Gustafson and others with First Responders during the Carr and Camp fires to process multiple traumatic experiences in a short period of time)

 

 

The 5-Day, 4-Night and 3-Day, 2-Night Bridges Retreats are held in the beautiful Sierra Foothills at Pleasant Valley Farms in Pleasant Valley. Participants will be staying at a beautiful 6-bedroom private residence in the Sierra Foothills. Mornings will begin with Trauma Focused Yoga and a hearty healthy breakfast, lunch is catered at the retreat site, and each day will end with a home style dinner catered at the lodging site, followed by healing meditation.

Shuttle service to the retreat site (approximately 15 minutes away) will be provided.

 

1-Day Intensive Retreat

The 1-Day Intensive retreat is a trauma informed education workshop for First Responders, their spouses, partners and friends.  This is an opportunity to learn about the neurobiological and physiological effects of long term cumulative exposure to traumatic events and to practice tools that can calm the neurobiological systems.  We call this emotional regulation.   

Contemporary research shows that healthy relationships, meaning good for both, are the agent of change for those striving to overcome the effects of traumatic events.  In this workshop we partner with horses, focusing on relationship with self, family and community while maintaining a calm regulated state.  

1-Day Intensive Learning Objectives include:

  • Understand regulation and the physical and mental health benefits of living a regulated life

  • Learn tools that can help maintain a calm/regulated state

  • Learn skills that promote healthy, good for both,  relationships

For the 1-Day Intensive, we invite the entire First Responder community, which includes:

Dispatch

Emergency Medical Services

Fire Fighters

Forestry Service

Law Enforcement

Office of Emergency Services

Peer Support Groups/Teams

Search & Rescue

Bridges Spouse's Retreat

This 3-Day Retreat was developed to provide spouses of First Responders with the same tools and interventions as provided in our Bridges Retreats. Spouses and significant others of First Responders are often exposed to chronic stress, fatigue, trauma, as well as secondary or vicarious trauma due to the First Responder’s high stress work environment, which often takes a life altering toll on their intimate relationships.

The Bridges Spouse’s Retreat addresses the often overwhelming emotional and psychological symptoms that are a result of living with and loving a First Responder.

Participants will process their trauma in Brainspotting sessions, learn about the very real changes in the brain and body created by traumatic events, discover tools that can help shift these changes through experiences with horses and begin the work of rebuilding the ability to form and maintain healthy relationships.  With the understanding that the whole body is effected by traumatic events, mornings will begin with trauma focused yoga, days will include massage and cranial sacral treatments and end with healing mediation.     

The 3-Day, 2-Night Bridges Spouses Retreats are held in the beautiful Sierra Foothills at Pleasant Valley Farms in Pleasant Valley. Participants will be staying at a beautiful 6-bedroom private residence in the Sierra Foothills. Mornings will begin with Trauma Focused Yoga and a hearty healthy breakfast, lunch is catered at the retreat site, and each day will end with a home style dinner catered at the lodging site, followed by healing meditation.

Shuttle service to the retreat site (approximately 15 minutes away) will be provided.

 

2020 Bridges Retreat Schedule

5-Day Retreats

  • March 15-19, 2020   Application deadline TBD

  • August 2-5, 2020  Application deadline TBD

  • October 25-29,   Application deadline TBD

  • December , 2020  Application deadline TBD

1-Day Intensives (Open to all First Responders)

  • TBD

 

3-Day Spouse's Retreat

  • January 3rd thru 6th, 2020  

 

If you would like to participate in any of the Bridges retreats, please complete the registration form, scan, and return to healwtms@gmail.com. The form can also be sent via USPS to: PO Box 608, Mount Aukum, CA 95656. 

Upon receipt, our office will send an intake form for you to then complete and submit.

All applicants will also be interviewed by one of our retreat clinicians; this will provide confirmation for both the participant and the clinician that the retreat will be a good fit.

 
 
 
 

All proceeds benefit Windows To My Soul. 

501(c)(3) charitable organization | Tax ID: 46-3598122

© 2019 Windows To My Soul.

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